Chavez Jr: Canelo is Great, But Not Better Than Sergio Martinez

On Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez cruised to a unanimous decision over Julio Chavez Jr. in what turned out to be a twelve round mismatch.

After the fight, Canelo announced that he was going to face Gennady Golovkin for the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight titles on September 16, with the venue being undetermined.

"Golovkin, you are next, my friend. Where are you? It's on," the Mexican said before bringing Golovkin into the T-Mobile Arena ring with him.


The 26-year-old Alvarez used Chavez for target practice, landing jabs, hooks and combinations at will as he won every round of the fight which took place 164.5-pounds on all three judges' scorecards.

He landed 228 punches to just 71 for Chavez and an incredible 31 per cent of his jabs connected as he had his way with former champion Chavez.

Chavez praised Canelo as being a "great fighter" but also said his Mexican fighter was not the best that he ever faced. Chavez gave that title former two division champion Sergio Martinez of Argentina. Chavez Jr. was dominated by Martinez for most of their twelve round fight in September 2012. That fight featured a near miracle twelfth round - where Chavez Jr. hurt, dropped and nearly stopped Martinez before a rabid crowd of Mexican fans that packed the Thomas & Mack Center.

"Canelo is a great fighter, he did his job tonight and the inactivity, it hurt me here tonight. “ always thought he was a good fighter. He just had better timing, a better fighter tonight. The activity helped him and [inactivity] hindered me," Chavez Jr. said.

“What he’s doing in the ring is smart. He does things right, he’s dedicated, he works. You saw tonight the best I tried. [Sergio] Martinez is better but I think he is the best Mexican fighter at this moment in time.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by muslimer12 on 05-10-2017

Martinez would outbox canelo and maybe tko him late. Also Martinez in his prime would KO cotto in the mid rounds

Comment by Canelo and GGG on 05-10-2017

Canelo is light years ahead of Maravilla ,Chavez is on crack

Comment by GOD-FR33 on 05-10-2017

[QUOTE=-Kev-;17661284]Yeah Martinez was dropped in nearly every fight after the Bunema fight. Even Matthew Macklin dropped him. He was terrible defensively, but he was really good offensively. I'm not too convinced that a "100%" Martinez would do any better against…

Comment by -Kev- on 05-10-2017

[QUOTE=GOD-FR33;17661181][B]Great post. Martinez fought like an amateur. His hands were often low and his chin up in the air. Canelo would KO him. On top of that, his chin was very suspect. If Jr was commited to the sport when…

Comment by GOD-FR33 on 05-10-2017

[QUOTE=-Kev-;17656148]Canelo would destroy the Martinez that fought Chavez Jr. I can't see Canelo doing as many careless things as Martinez has done against Williams (1st fight), Pavlik, Chavez Jr, and Murray. Martinez constantly made a lot of defensive mistakes and…

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